Wednesday, 21 February 2018

LSARRC News 20th Febuary 2018

Lytham men impress at the penultimate Mid-Lancashire Cross Country fixture, in Lancaster on Saturday 17th February.
LSARRC at Mid Lancs XC

It was a busy weekend for LSARRC runners as Saturday saw the 5th Mid Lancashire Cross Country League fixture at Ryelands Park, Lancaster, take place.

Mike Toft

In the senior men’s race the Lytham first team secured 4th position overall, with some outstanding performances.  Mike Toft finished 13th overall out of 129 runners in a time of 35:40. Joe Greenwood was second to finish for the club in 36:37 for 20th.  Thomas Howarth was 44th in 39:03, followed by Neil Tate in 39:30 for 49th,  Johnathan Tuck ran the course in 40:12 for 56th and Alex Tate was 63rd in 40:38.  The second team for Lytham secured 18th place and included the following runners:   Paul Veevers (40:50, 69th), Ross McKelvie ( 43:05, 93rd), Terry Hellings (44:20, 113th), Graham Webster ( 45:05, 119th),  Gavin Stanfield ( 47:46, 146th), and John Bertenshaw (50:35, 162nd). Jason Sheridan and Greg Oulton also completed the course in 54:09 and 56:39 respectively.  It was an especially busy day for Graham Webster who ran the Lytham parkrun in the morning, followed by the cross-country fixture in Lancaster, later in the day.

In the senior ladies’ race Lytham also managed to field two teams.  First home for the club, with an impressive run was Catherine Carrdus who finished 18th in a time of 26:06.  Melanie Koth ran well to finish in 44th place in 28:52, followed by Julia Rolfe who ran the course in 32:11 for 78th.  The team of Carrdus, Koth and Rolfe came 14th overall.  In the second Lytham team Kirsten Burnett finished 88th, followed by Pamela Hardman in 91st and Alexandra Everest in 97th, overall this team came 26th.

Morgan Pritchard and Frankie Ball ran for Lytham in the under 13 boys race. Out of 60 runners, Morgan managed to secure 27th place in a time of 12:56 and Frankie was 30th in a time of 13:05.  Brogan Murphy and  Rebecca Fisher competed in the under 13 race.  Brogran finished in 26th in 9:44 whilst Rebecca finished in 11:28 for 57th position.
Jessica Ramsden followed by Clemmie Tierney

In the under 11 boys race Lytham fielded 3 competitors.  First to finish the course in 8:33 for 49th was Lewis Bentley, not far behind was Oliver Thomson in 8:43 for 55th and Eric Wrigley who finished 63rd in a time of 8:55.  The team of Bentley, Thomson and Wrigley finished 10th overall.  In the girls under 11 race Jessica Ramsden managed to finish in the top 30 runners with a time of 8:46 (29th), followed by Clemmie Tierney in 8:57 (35th), Amara Thorpe 9:02 (37th), Leoma Gill in 9:55 (55th) and Rosa Gill in 11:30 (60th).  The team of Ramsden, Tierney and Thorpe finished 11th overall.

At the Lytham Hall parkrun also on Saturday 17th February 16 Lytham members braved the cold conditions to complete the course.  There were not as many club participants as normal due to the cross-country fixture at Lancaster, however there were several notable performances. On his 70th parkrun Graham Webster was the first home for Lytham in a respectable time of 20:59, and first in the age category VM65-69.  Darran Ames was the next to finish in 21:22, just 7 seconds off equalling his personal best time of 21:05.  Ames was followed closely by Jennifer Hill who secured 2nd female position and a time not far off her personal best, also.  Neil Bayntun-Roberts finished 3 seconds later in 21:18 for 13th position overall.

Full Results:   Graham Webster 20:59 (9th), Darran Ames 21:12 (11th), Jennifer Hill 21:15 (12th), Neil Bayntun-Roberts 21:18 (13th), James Buckley 23:10 (25th), G Browne 23:40 (32nd), Neil Tate 24:29 (40th), Stephen Tate 26:45 (76th), Kathy Gaunt 29:05 (97th), Jeremy McCandless 29:58 (102nd), Gillian Oliver 30:08 (107th), Ruth Bye 30:39 (113rd), Sarah Bagshaw 32:31 (127th), Rebecca Willetts 40:26 (157th), and Julie Wiseman and Nicola Wiseman were tail walkers.

Several Lytham runners completed parkruns across the country, and further afield.  Susan Hawitt completed the Greenwich parkrun, she came 115th overall and was 18th female.  Joanna Goorney ran the hilly 3 laps, scenic Roundhay parkrun in Leeds and was the first female, and 16th overall out of 301 finishers, to finish in a time of 20:56.
LSARRC at GNW Half Marathon

On Sunday 18th February the Great North West Half Marathon took place in Blackpool.  A fast and flat course around the coastal front of Blackpool.  The event is now in its 29th year and often attracts 1500 competitors of all ages and experiences.  The club was well represented and of the 10 finishers, 4 came in the first 200 runners. Paul Fauset of Dark Peak running club was first overall, in a personal best time of 74:35 First home for the cub was Neil Tate in 88:18 for 108th position overall.  Gill Draper was the first female home for the cub in an excellent 92:10 for 120th, with an equal time Paul Veevers secured 121st spot.  Ian Tate was 156th in 95:22 and Ian Balshaw achieved a personal best time of 2:07:50 for 806th.  Other runners included: Kirsten Burnett who ran the course in 2:13:48 for 914th, Laura Byrne ran 2:13:48 for 915th, Olivia Allen ran 2:16:05 for 953rd, Christine Walker ran 2:18:59 for 985th, Sylvia Elisabeth Gittins 2:21:27 for 1016th and Amy Fletcher finished her first half marathon in 3:15:02 for 1211th.

At the junior parkrun on Sunday 18th, 5 Lytham runners completed the 2K course.  Frankie Ball was 2nd in 7:47, 1st female was Clemmie Tierney in 9:05, Jayden Richardson ran 9:39 for 11th, Blair Selbie achieved a new personal best time of 9:58 for 16th and Sophie Tate finished in 14:30 for 43rd.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

LSARRC News 13th Febuary 2018

Chris McCarthy, Joe Greenwood and Ross McKelvie and Lytham Hall parkrun
This weekend was another busy one for LSARRC. A huge 28 runners took part in parkruns over the country and worldwide! 3 runners decided to be ‘parkrun tourists’ and took part in Preston’s parkrun Catherine Carrdus was first women back with an impressive time of 20:54, Jennifer Jill was second female finishing in 21:51 and John Bertenshaw completed his 50th parkrun in 24:31. Richard Storey ran in the Lincoln parkrun and finished in 52nd place in 22:56. Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran in Barking’s parkrun and finished in 21:35.  Bob Clough on holiday in Australia couldn’t miss a parkrun so competed in New South Wales Curl Curl parkrun and got a time on 34:28.  Jason Sheridan also completed the Fell Foot parkrun in 27:21. Mark Hughes and Heidi Haigh compete in the Blackpool parkrun getting impressive times of 22:17 and 23:17 respectively.

Joanna Goorney and Gill Draper at Lytham Hall parkrun

10 local runners also ran the Lytham Hall parkrun, Joe Greenwood was first male back receiving a time of 17:37, Ross McKelvie was next male back finishing in 19”10. Not to be out beaten by the men Joanna Goorney was the first women back in 21:09 and Gill Draper was second lady in 21:17. Andrew Draper finished seconds later in 21:19, James Buckley in 21:31, Darran Ames in 21:39 and Kev Murray in 22:48. Stephen Tate was next back in 27:20 and Sarah Bagshaw in 33:31.

Also on Saturday was Caldervale’s 11 mile muddy shoe race. 3 Lytham runners competed in this race and stated that the race is mainly through fields and tracks around the Forest of Bowland and relies on map-reading skills to follow the route.  It certainly lived up to its name, with deep mud over much of the course, helped by the rain throughout.  Neil and Ian Tate came in 4th and 5th in 1:37:21 and 1:37:29, while Kirsten Burnett was 30th in 2:28:08.  Post-run pie and peas in Caldervale Village Hall were very warmly received.

On Sunday was the Lancaster Valentines 10k. 2 Lytham runners competed in this race stating that they were very lucky with the weather although it was still rather cold and windy! Ian Balshaw completed his 10k race in 57:19 and Christine Walker finished her race moments later in 57:24. Both runners said that this was a really nice course to run and enjoyed their race.

Also on Sunday was Lythams Junior parkrun with 7 of our juniors competing. Frankie Ball was the first Lytham junior back finishing his race in 7:59. Erc Wrigley completed his race in 8:50, Lewis Bentley in 9:12, Finlay Hughes and Leoma Gill in 9:52. Rosa Gill finished her race in 11:59, Lewis Ames in 12:12 and Sophie Tate in 14:25.

As ever well done to all the runners who have competed in the races this weekend.

Friday, 9 February 2018

LSARRC News 6th February 2018

Sophie Bohannon impresses at the Lancashire Schools Cross Country championships held at Witton Park, Blackburn, on Saturday 3rd February.
Sophie Bohannon at Lancs Schools XC

Sophie Bohannon and Rebecca Fisher of Lytham were both selected to represent Fylde in the year 7 race.  Bohannon ran an excellent race to finish second in a time of 9:18 with Fisher also running well to finish 60th in a time of 11:58. Morgan Pritchard was selected to represent Fylde in the year 7 boys race and ran a good race to finish 26th in a time of 9:49.  In the intermediate girls race Emily Balshaw (in a rare cross country outing) and running for Wyre finished in a respectable 29th place with a time of 21:29.
On Saturday 3rd February 19 LSARRC members attended the Lytham Hall 5K parkrun.  The first 4 places went to Joe Greenwood, Neil Tate, Alex Tate and Paul Veevers of Lytham, Greenwood rant the course in under 18 minutes.  Graham Webster was first home in the age category VM65-69 and Gill Draper was the female home for the club, and 3rd female overall.

Full Results: Joe Greenwood 17:53 (1st), Neil Tate 18:18 (2nd), Alex Tate 18:43 (3rd), Paul Veevers 18:52 (4th), Graham Webster 20:52 (14th), Gill Draper 20:53 (16th), Kevin Murray 22:17 (24th), Joanna Goorney 23:24 (30th), G Browne 23:45 (31st), James Buckley 23:59 (34th), John Graeme Bertenshaw 25:04 (49th), Stephen Tate 26:54 (67th), Kirsten Burnett 27:40 (76th), Laura Byrne 28:58 (92nd), Paula McCandless 31:54 (109th), Jeremy McCandless 31:56 (110th), Sarah Bagshaw 32:41 (118th), and volunteer/tail walker was Roy Stevens.

Several other Lytham members travelled around the country to attend other parkruns.   Close to home at the Blackpool 1st birthday parkrun 3 Lytham members completed the course, Heide Haigh, Mark Hughes and Finlay Hughes came 22nd, 33rd and 34th respectively. Felicity Wolohan completed the Princes parkrun at Liverpool and was the first female home, and 19th overall in a time of 20:17. 
Much further afield Bob Cough completed the Mosman parkrun in New South Wales, Australia, he came 66th with a time of 34:12.

Sylvia Gittins and Kirsten Burnett ran the Blackburn Winter Warmer 10K on Sunday 4th February.  The race began with a tough uphill climb for the first couple of km.  Runners were however rewarded with stunning views across the East Lancashire countryside on a crisp morning; perfect running conditions.  Welcome downhill stretches followed in what was an enjoyable and very well-organised event.  Burnett was first home for the club in 57:19 while Sylvia, with a time of 1:03:21, took home a prize as 1st FV70 runner.  Jessica Ramsden, sole Lytham junior athlete, ran the 2K course in a fantastic time of 9:49 taking 38th place in a field of 185 and 7th of 38 in her age group.

Heidi Haigh

Terry Hellings, Greg Oulton and Heidi Haigh opted for a weekend away in the Lakes and attended the Montane Grizedale Forest Trail Races.  Conducted in perfect conditions, blue sky, not too hot, not too cold, no wind or rain, a great day was had.  Terry Hellings did the Half Marathon, finishing 36th place in 1:51:55.  Heidi Haigh did the Marathon, finishing in 47th place in 4:43:05, and Greg Oulton finished the course in 100th place in 5:46:32.

The Half Marathon covered the same route as the first half of the Marathon, starting at Grizedale Visitor Centre and heading out on a circuitous trip round the trails within Grizedale Forest with a brief spell onto the fells, before returning at the start.  The Marathon then continued along the paths, bogs, roads and river beds of High Dale Park and Claife Heights.  The final distance covered was approximately 26.7 miles with about 4000 feet of ascent.
Park View junior parkrun
 Also, on Sunday 4th February it was the 1st anniversary of the setting up of the junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham.  Youngsters were encouraged to dress up as their favourite superheroes and refreshments were available at the finish line.  There was a great turn out of 112 runners, 20 of who were LSARRC members.  The first 4 spots went to Lytham runners with Sophie Bohannon first home, followed by Morgan Pritchard, Charlie Ormerod and then Frankie Bell.  Well done to Rosa Gill for achieving a personal best time of 11:12.

Full Results:  Sophie Bohannon 07:45 (1st), Morgan Pritchard 07:53 I2nd), Charlie Ormerod 07:55 (3rd), Frankie Ball 08:00 (4th), Eric Wrigley 08:46 (7th), Archie Tate 08:52 (8th), Jayden Richardson 08:28 (10th), Clemmie Tierney 09:11 (12th), Finlay Hughes 09:14 (13th), Amara Thorpe 09:28 (17th), Lucy Bohannon 09:36 (19th), Charlotte Fisher 09:46 (21st), Ella Wiseman 10:02 (25th), Rebecca Fisher 10:10 (29th), Max Walker 10:14 (30th), Blair Selbie 10:16 (31st),Jack Greaves 10:27 (34th), Leoma Gill 10:45 (39th), Rosa Gill 11:12 (41st),  and Sebastian Koth Wragg 12:24 (57th).

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

LSARRC News 30th January 2018

Lytham runners impress at the St Anne’s 10 miler on Sunday 28th January 2018.

LSARRC runners at the St Anne's 10 Miler
Lytham had two top ten finishers in the 10-mile race on Sunday, with Joe Greenwood in 61 minutes and Andrew Draper just under 62 minutes.  Neil Tate ran well to come 12th and Jennifer Hill was 13th female.  The course was won by Rob Danson of Wesham who ran the course in 00:52:59. LSARRC was well represented, with lots of runners braving the cold and breezy conditions, which made for very tough running conditions. Even with difficult conditions Michelle Sheridan ran 3 minutes faster than she did last year.

Full Results:  Joe Greenwood 01:01:00 (6th), Andrew Draper 01:01:54 (9th), Neil Tate 01:02:44 (12th), Alex Tate 01:05:21 (27th), Thomas Howarth 01:06:42 (35th), Ross McKelvie 01:18:14 (40th), Neil Baynton Roberts 01:10:11 (58th), Graham Webster 01:11:24 for (64th), Jennifer Hill 01:14:04 for (81st and 13th female), Terry Hellings 01:14:19 for (83rd), Gavin Stanfield 01:15:08 (88th), Darran Ames 01:15:42 (92nd), Kevin Murray 01:16:21 (94th), James Buckley 01:18:04 (106th), Richard Storey 01:22:01 (130th), Kathy Gaunt 01:22:03 (131st, 26th female), Roy Stevens 1:22:11 (132nd), Chris Bowker 1:23:04 (140th), Peter Reid 01:25:05 (156th), Louise De-Gier Flood 1:28:37 (183rd overall, 43rd female), Susan Hawitt 01:28:41 (186th overall, 46th female), Matthew Hill 01:29:33 (193rd), Greg Oulton 01:31:16 (213rd), Ian Balshaw 01:33:45 (228th), Jacqui Murray 01:36:35 (250th), Laura Byrne 01:39:44 (272nd overall, 86th female), Kirsten Burnett 01:39:59 (275th overall, 87th female), Christine Walker 01:41:18 (290th overall, 98th), Julie Wiseman 01:41:40 (293rd), Pam Binns 01:43:58, (304th, 107th female), Sylvia Gittins 01:48:18 (331st overall, 125th female), Michelle Sheridan 01:51:34 (334th overall, 136th female), Penny Morrison 01:53:21 (348th, 140th female), Sarah Bagshaw 01:53:35 (349th overall, 141st female) and Amy Fletcher 02:22:57 (363rd overall, 154th female).

At the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday 27th January, the first 3 spots went to Lytham runners, Chris McCarthy was first home, followed by Alex Tate and then Andrew Draper.  Graham Webster was the first in his age category to finish and Jennifer Hill of Lytham was the first female overall.  Two juniors Frankie Ball and Leoma Gill gained new personal best times.

Full Results:  Chris McCarthy 18:05 (1st), Alex Tate 18:58 (2nd), Andrew Draper 19:25 (3rd), Graham Webster 20:57 (9th), Frankie Ball 21:11 (12th), Neil Tate 21:12 (14th), Jennifer Hill (21:21), Terry Hellings 21:37 (16th), Kevin Murray 21:57 (18th), Darran Ames 22:00 (19th), Richard Harry Storey 22:22 (25th), Morgan Pritchard 22:42 (26th), Eric Wrigley 23:48 (35th), G Browne 23:59 (38th), Greg Oulton 26:08 (64th), Stephen Tate 27:07 (74th), Leoma Gill 28:26 (93rd), Jeremy McCandless 30:12 (115th), Ruth Bye 30:24 (118th), Rosa Gill 33:16 (134th), Julie Wiseman 43:18 (volunteer) and Nicola Wiseman 43:19 (volunteer).

Three Lytham members completed the Blackpool parkrun at Stanley Park.  Mark Hughes ran 22:24 for 23rd position, Heidi Haigh ran 22:56 for 30th position overall, and 2nd female, and Olivia Johnson Allen ran 28:47 for 92nd position overall, and 14th female spot.

Also on Sunday 28th January, 6 junior members of the club ran the 2k parkrun at Park View, in Lytham.  Finlay Hughes was the first to finish, in a time of 8:46 for 6th place overall.  Jayden Richardson finished the course in 9:17 for 11th place, Blair Selbie ran 10:44 for 24th, Ella Wiseman ran 11:12 for 30th, Jack Greaves was 32nd in 11:24 and Sophie Tate completed the course in 14:00 for 50th

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

LSARRC News 23rd January 2018

A new club record for Mike Toft at the Inskip Half Marathon and the men’s team prize.
Mike Toft at Inskip HM
Sunday 21st January saw 13 LSARRC runners taking on the Inskip Half Marathon. This is a popular event that starts and finished at HMS Inskip, near Preston. Conditions were awful with freezing temperatures, sleet and snow at the start and a strong headwind for parts of the course. Despite the challenging weather there were some very impressive times recorded. The race was won by Stuart Robinson of Salford Harriers in 1:10:59, with Sarah Jarvis of Barlick Fell Runners first lady in 1:24:23. Taking pride of place for LSARRC was Mike Toft whose time of 1:14:47 for 6th position was a new Senior Men’s club record. Not far below him was Chris McCarthy in 1:15:44 for 10th place with Andy Draper in 1:16:55 finishing in 15th place to help LSARRC take the Men’s Team prize. Other notable performances came from Gill Draper and Darran Ames who both set new personal best times. Full list of LSARRC finishers:  6th 1:14:47 Mike Toft, 10th 1:15:44 Chris McCarthy, 15th 1:16:55 Andy Draper, 25th 1:21:13 Joe Greenwood, 32nd 1:23:09 Tom Howarth, 54th 1:26:39 Gill Draper, 119th 1:36:05 Darran Ames, 182nd 1:45:34 Kevin Murray, 190th 1:46:05 Richard Storey, 217th 1:49:05 Roy Stevens, 262nd 1:57:32 Kirsten Burnett, and313th 2:09:50 Jacqui Murray.
Gill Draper at Inskip HM

On Saturday 20th January 2018, 22 LSARRC members completed the Lytham Hall parkrun.  Ross McKelvie was first home with Neil Tate not far behind.  In the ladies 2nd, 3rd and 4th places went to Felicity Wolohan, Emily Balshaw and Jennifer Hill.  Graham Webster ran well and was 1st in the VM65-69 category.  There were also a couple of personal best times achieved by Felicity Wolohan and junior member Rosa Gill.

Full Results: Ross McKelvie 18:46 (1st), Neil Tate 18:52 (2nd), Felicity Wolohan 20:18 (12th), Graham Webster 20:53 (18th), Andrew Draper 20:56 (20th), Terry Hellings 21:39 (24th), Emily Balshaw 21:41 (25th), Jennifer Hill 21:59 (27th), Chris Bowker 22:28 (31st), Kev Murray 22:38 (33rd), G Browne 23:33 (43rd), James Buckley 25:47 (65th), Stephen Tate 27:13 (85th), Leoma Gill 28:56 (115th), Jeremy McCandless 29:24 (121st), Julie Wiseman 29:54 (127th), Jacqui Murray 30:14 (129th), Rosa Gill 30:37 (137th), Ruth Bye 31:10 (147th), Sarah Bagshaw 33:40 (163rd), Joanna Goorney 43:51 .

Heidi Haigh of Lytham ran the Blackpool parkrun and was 3rd female, 16th overall in a time of 22:23.

Also, on Sunday 21st January 2018 several junior members of the club braved the cold at the Park View junior parkrun. Frankie Ball a new personal best time of 7:45 to come 2nd, he was closely followed by Morgan Pritchard who ran 7:48 for 3rd.  Charlie Ormerod ran well and came 6th in 8:51 and Jayden Richardson was 9th in a time of 9:15. First girl home for Lytham was Clemmie Tierney in 9:29 for 13th position overall, and 2nd female.  Blair Selbie ran 10:41 on her 32nd parkrun for 21st position overall and Jack Greaves ran 10:47 for 23rd.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

LSARRC News 16th January 2018

Under 11 girls at Mid Lancs cross country
Senior men’s team finish 4th at the Mid-Lancashire cross country fixture, in Burnley and McKelvie impresses at the Lancaster 5K.
The fourth Mid Lancashire Cross Country fixture took place at Townley Park, Burnley on Saturday 13th January 2018.  LSARRC sent 11 male competitors falling just short of a complete B team.  Conditions underfoot were good with just mainly surface mud in places, due to not much rain that week.  The senior men’s race was approximately 9.8K running laps round the perimeter of playing fields.  The results were as follows:  Mike Toft 18th in 34:40, Joe Greenwood 19th in 34:46, Andy Draper 24th in 35:20, Thomas Howarth 56th in 37:32, Paul Veevers 60th in 37:57, Neil Tate 75th in 38:54, Graham Webster (V60) 155th in 43:16, Terry Hellings (V60) 157th in 43:24, Gavin Stanfield (V40) 178th in 44:55, Chris Bowker 205th in 47:54 and Greg Oulton (V50) 229th in 55:15.  LSARRC finished 4th out of 24th in the team results.

In the Ladies race, Lytham was well represented.  Catherine Carrdus finished 23rd in 23:13. Next home was Melanie Koth in 24:31 for 44th, then Alexandra Everest in 28:36 for 99th and Kirsten Burnett in 30:01 for 117th.  The team finished 16th overall.  The Ladies over 35 team of Carrdus, Koth and Burnett finished in 11th overall.

In the under 15 girl’s 3K race Laura Bremner finished 25th in 12:51 and Lucy Bohannon 39th in 14:40.
Morgan Pritchard was the only Lytham runner in the Under 13 boys race.  In an exciting finish Pritchard finished the course in 11:58 for 31st position overall.

The Under 13 girls team of Sophie Bohannon, Brogan Murphy and Rebecca Fisher all ran superbly to secure 7th position, an improvement of 2 places on her last run.  Bohannon was the first to finish in 9:49 for 7th, Murphy finished in 10:49 for 33rd, and Fisher in 12:42 for 60th.

Eric Wrigley and Lewis Bentley represented Lytham in the Under 11 boys race.  Wrigley came 47th in 7:48 and Bentley was close behind in 7:50 for 50th, going neck and neck for the whole race.

In the Under 11 girls race Lytham fielded 5 competitors.  First home for the club completing the 2K course, in a time of 8:26 was Jessica Ramsden.  Close behind was Clemmie Tierney in 8:31 for 38th, and Amara Thorpe was 46th finishing in 8:47.  The team of Ramsden, Tierney and Thorpe came 10th overall.  The fourth runner for the club was Leoma Gill (58th in 9:18) and her 8-year-old sister Rosa, the youngest in the race and making her cross country debut finished in 10:59 for 76th place.

On a busy Saturday, Several Lytham runners ran the Lancaster 5K.  The course was flat, out and back course alongside the river.  Conditions were pretty good for January, although quite breezy.  Ross McKelvie had a great run, working with a group at the front of the race and he came 3rd overall with 17:32.  Gill Draper was next back for the club, 9th overall and 3rd lady in a personal best time of 19:50 taking nearly 2 minutes off her previous 5K.  Emily Balshaw had a fantastic run and was delighted with her sub-21 personal best of 20:36, finishing 11th overall and 4th lady.  Ian Balshaw was back next in 24:13, 17th position and only narrowly outside the club bronze standard by 3 seconds.  Christine Walker finished in 20th position in 27:50 and 8th lady and Jake Balshaw followed close behind in 28:32 for 23rd.

At the Lytham Hall Park parkrun on Saturday there weren’t quite as many LSARRC present as there usually is, due to the cross-country fixture.  However, 14 members completed the course, and the first two positions went to Neil Tate and Alex Tate, respectively.  Graham Webster was first in the age category VM65-69, and Darran Ames wasn’t far behind Webster in 12th position overall. Brian Porter achieved a personal best and Susan Hawitt was the first female in the age category VM50-54.

Full Results:  Neil Tate 18:19 (1st), Alex Tate 18:43 (2nd), Graham Webster 20:47 (9th), Darran Ames 21:10 (12th), James Buckley 22:24 (25th), Kev Murray 22:44 (30th), Brian Porter 23:47 (43), Roy Stevens 24:40 (48th), Susan Hawitt 26:00 (65th), Stephen Tate 27:39 (91st), Jeremy McCandless 29:40 (133rd), Gillian Oliver 29:44 (134th), Michelle Sheridan 31:28 (156th), and Sarah Bagshaw 32:32 (161st).

Several Lytham members attended other parkruns around the country.  Ian Tate ran the Warrington parkrun and came 12th.  At the Barrow parkrun Neil Bayntun-Roberts came 7th.  Jennifer Hill and Olivia Johnson Allen attended the Blackpool parkrun and came 15th and 116th.

LSARRC at Garstang 10k
Sunday 14th January saw 6 LSARRC participants in the Garstang 10K. This is a well-established race that starts and finished at Garstang High School. The course has a few ups and downs as it takes in some of the rural lanes out towards Caldervale before heading back to Garstang. There were 447 finishers who enjoyed the good, if chilly, conditions. The race was won by Rob Webb of Rossendale Harriers in 32:16, with Amanda Crook of Southport Waterloo AC the first lady in 35:19. First home for LSARRC was Ian Tate in a new personal best of 41:58 for 56th place overall. 

Full Results:  Ian Tate 41:58 (56th), Richard Storey 47:53 (151st), Kirsten Burnett 59:41 (336th), Laura Byrne 59:42 (337th), Michelle Sheridan 01:05:57 (399th), and Penny Morrison 1:07:02 (412th).

Also on, Sunday 14th January 2018 Felicity Wolohan ran the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York.  The race started at York Racecourse and took the runners through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands.  Wolohan ran a personal best of 1:25.49 and was 9th female, 199 out of 1485 overall.
As usual a number of juniors ran the junior parkrun in Lytham, on Sunday.  Seven junior attended and 2nd overall position went to Charlie Ormerod and first girl was Clemmie Tierney, for the second week running.  Full Results:  Charlie Ormerod 8:04 (2nd), Eric Wrigley 8:48 (4th), Jayden Richardson 9:03 6th), Clemmie Tierney 9:14 (8th), Charlotte Fisher 9:45 (16th), Archie Tate 9:59 (17th), and Blair Selbie 11:01 (29th)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

LSARRC News 9th January 2018

Central Lancs New Year Half Marathon
Joe Greenwood impressed at the Central Lancs New Year Half-Marathon on Sunday 7th January 2018.

Several LSARRC runners competed at the Half Marathon which was a rural, undulating rout through country roads.  The runners were faced with frosty conditions, the 13-mile race took the runners round the villages of Salwick, Cartforth and Inskip.  Cold but still conditions which would have been perfect if the route hadn’t been a little icy in many places.  Greenwood finished the course in a superb time of 01:22:39 to finish 7th overall.   Alex Tate finished the course in a respectable 01:25:42 or 16th, followed by Neil Tate 01:27:10.  Other finishers for the club were Ian Tate who achieved a persona best of 01:33:37, and Adrian Sargent who also ran a personal best time of 01:46:08.  Mel Koth finished 3rd VF40 in a time of 01:46:22, followed by Kev Murray in 01:49:02 and Chris Bowker in 01:50:32.  It was his first Half-Marathon and Jason Sheridan achieved a time of 01:58:04, next to finish was Kirsten Burnett in 02:13:33 and then Jacqui Murray in 02:13:35.

On the previous day the Lancashire Cross Country Championships took place at Witton Park, Blackburn on Saturday 6th January 2018.  A few Lytham runners competed in difficult, chilly weather conditions.  Christopher McCarthy finished in 36:55 for 47th position.  Neil Tate secured 83rd place in 40:23. Terry Hellings ran the course in 45:25 to gain 5th V60 place.  Chris Bowker came 147th in 48:56 and Greg Oulton came 24th in the V50 age category in a time of 58:34.  Dawn Lock was the sole female competitor for Lytham, she came 2nd in her age category L70 in 57:01.

In the under 13 girls race Lytham had two runners Sophie Bohannon and Rebecca Fisher.  Bohannon was 13th overall in a time of 13:02 and given this was her first year in this age rang, this was a great performance.

Rebecca Fisher also ran well and achieved a time of 17:28 for 55th.  Eric Wrigley ran in the under 11 boys race and finished in 7:49 for 37th. Jessica Ramsden ran in the under 11 girls race and achieved a good time of 8:17 for 25th.

Also on Saturday 6th January 2018, 22 Lytham runners braved the cold and attended the Lytham Hall Park 5k weekly park run.  First home for the club, and first overall was Alex Tate in a time of 18:22, 25 seconds shy of his personal best.  Second female spot went to Gill Draper who ran the course in 20:54, for 11th overall.  Not far behind was Darran Ames who achieved a new personal best time of 21:05.  Six seconds later saw Emily Balshaw, a junior member of the club finish in a new personal best time of 21:11.  Another Lytham junior, Leoma Gill also achieved a personal best time of 28:55, coming 107th overall out of 222 runners.
Full Results:  Alex Tate 18:22 (1st), Gill Draper 20:54 (11th), Darran Ames 21:05 (13th), Emily Balshaw 21:11 (14th), Kev Murray 22:18 (19th), James Buckley 22:45 (23rd), Morgan Pritchard 23:11 (29th), G Browne 24:17 (37th), Susan Hawitt 26:41 (72nd), Stephen Tate 27:54 (88th), Leoma Gill 28:55 (107th), Jacqui Murray 29:21 (116th), Jeremy McCandless 29:40 (121st), Laura Byrne 29:44 (125th), Michelle Sheridan 31:24 (148th), Rosa Gill 32:40 (165th), Sarah Bagshaw 34:11 (177th), Ella Wiseman 37:59 (204th), Julie Wiseman 38:02 (206th), Nicola Wiseman 38:09 (208th), Kirsten Burnett (tail walker 46:20).

Several other Lytham runners completed parkruns around the country.  Ian Tate ran the Warrington parkrun in 20:36 for 13th position. Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran the Barnsley parkrun in 21:00 for 17th position.  At the Princes parkrun in Liverpool Felicity Wolohan was the first female home in a time of 20:14. At the Blackpool parkrun Olivia Johnson Allen was the sole Lytham runner, she achieved a time of 30:03 for 84th.
On Sunday 7th January 2018 Greg Oulton of Lytham ran the Scout Fell race.  The course consisted of five miles, entirely off road, not a single track or road to be seen.  Starting just to the west of Kendal on frozen ground, it was almost constant climb or descent with barely any flat surfaces, a total climb of 700 feet.  Oulton finished the course in 48:46.

The junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham took place as usual, and checks were mad to make sure the course was safe.  Eight juniors completed the course.  Morgan Pritchard was the first to finish, in 7:57 for 2nd.  Other Results: Finlay Hughes ran 9:07 for 6th, Jayden Richardson 9:51 for 13th, Charlotte Fisher 9:58 for 14th, Leoma Gill 10:12 for 15th, Rebecca Fisher 10:17 for 15th, Jack Greaves 11:09 for 23rd and Rosa Gill 11:35 for 24th.